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DELTA THETA OF ALPHA TAU OMEGA CHAPTER OFFICERS

The Vintage Volume 87, Issue No. 1 Fall 2006

President (Worthy Master) and Chief Executive Officer Scott R. Keller Vice-President (Worthy Marshal) and Chairman of Executive Committee and Cabinet John W. Bensman Assistant Vice-President Shawn M. Taddiken Chaplain (Worthy Chaplain) and Chairman of Judicial Committee Robert J. Domsch Assistant Chaplain Bradley R. Stein Treasurer (Worthy Keeper of Exchequer) and Chief Financial Officer Garrett B. Linville Assistant Treasurer Drew W. Britton Secretary (Worthy Scribe) and Campus Activities Coordinator Patrick T. Criss Assistant Secretaries/Assistant Campus Activities Coordinators Samuel J. Hund Scott W. McDonald Risk Management Officer and Social Chairman (Fall) Michael J. Rohr Assistant Social Chairman Ryan C. Kaman Risk Management Officer and Social Chairman (Spring) and Assistant Social Chairman and GAMMA Representative Bradley R. Stein Assistant Risk Management Officer W. Travis Love Historian (Worthy Keeper of Annals) and Editor of Vintage Drew M. Wagner Assistant Historian Christopher W. Frakes Sergeant-at-Arms (Worthy Usher) and BADD Duty Coordinator Travis E. C. Brown Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms and Assistant BADD Duty Coordinator Brady M. Lohrey Doorkeeper (Worthy Sentinel) and Resource Coordinator Matthew R. Novellano Assistant Resource Coordinators Darren A. St. Thomas Keith B. Schaller Brian P. Mulcahy Membership Education Chairman (Fall) Tyler F. Newton Assistant Membership Education Chairmen Patrick T. Criss Brady M. Lohrey Bradley R. Stein Keith B. Schaller Membership Education Chairman (Spring) Kellen E. Sherlock Public Relations Officer Tyler C. Wisdom Assistant Public Relations Officer Chad M. Baalman Social Service Coordinator Joshua D. Cromer Assistant Social Service Coordinators Michael J. Rohr Andrew T. Langford Alumni Relations Officer Brett D. Kirkpatrick Assistant Alumni Relations Officer and Alumni Relations Officer-elect James R. Fullagar Assistant Alumni Relations Officer Ross W. Brady House Manager Evan C. Coglizer Assistant House Managers Bryan E. Klote Matthew L. Amthor Kyle A. Potter Chad M. Baalman Matthew J. Lindquist Annex Coordinator W. Scott Dikeman Assistant Annex Coordinators Mitchell W. Peterson Jacob R. Will Philanthropy Chairman Cody G. Anderson Assistant Philanthropy Chairman and Philanthropy Chairman-elect Ryan M. Kuhn Assistant Philanthropy Chairman Eric T. Leftwich Kitchen Manager Jeremy K. Will Assistant Kitchen Manager Patrick J. Murphy Membership Recruitment Chairman Scott A. Swain Assistant Membership Recruitment Chairmen Peter E. Boos Travis E. C. Brown Samuel J. Hund Scholarship Chairman Anthony L. Carter Assistant Scholarship Chairman Matthew L. Amthor Communications Officer and Web Engineer Eric T. Leftwich Assistant Communications Officer Eric K. Montgomery Intramurals Chairman Scott A. Swain Assistant Intramurals Chairman Nicholas J. Poland Brotherhood Chairman Tyler S. Nichols Assistant Brotherhood Chairman Charles J. Ochs Song and Spirit Leader Keith B. Schaller Assistant Song Leader Bryan E. Klote DELTA THETA BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chairman and Trustee Vice-Chairman and Trustee Secretary and Trustee Trustee Trustee Trustee Trustee Trustee Trustee (Chapter President) Trustee (Chapter Vice-President) Trustee (Chapter Chaplain) Trustee (At-Large Chapter Member) Trustee (Chapter Outstanding New Member Award Recipient)

William L. Muir III Allan D. Holiday, Jr. Eileen T. Hinkin Kent H. Kiracofe Scott H. Jones Michael S. Ribble Monty E. Nielsen Richard W. Seidler Scott R. Keller John W. Bensman Robert J. Domsch Matthew J. Duerfeldt Samuel J. Hund ADVISORS

Faculty Advisor Chapter Advisors Assistant Chapter Advisors

Scott H. Jones William L. Muir III and Allan D. Holiday, Jr. R. Robert Harrison and Joel T. Johnson

ALUMNI CORPORATIONS OFFICERS Delta Theta Alumni Association President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer

Michael S. Ribble Todd F. Lakin Stephen L. Patton Steven C. Johnson Delta Theta Building Corporation

President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer

Steven C. Johnson Steven A. Swanson William L. Muir III Brent A. Taylor Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund

President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer

William L. Muir III Todd F. Lakin Allan D. Holiday, Jr. Michael E. Brown

The Vintage is published by Delta Theta of Alpha Tau Omega, Inc., a Kansas corporation and subordinate entity of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, at Manhattan, Kansas, for its alumni, members and friends. Changes of address, news and photos should be sent to: Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Office of Alumni Relations, 1632 McCain Lane, Manhattan, Kansas 66502-4657 or phone (785) 395-2331 or through the Delta Theta Home Page at www.ksu.edu/ato. Editor: Drew M. Wagner.

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Of all the things I learned while working on The Vintage, I think one of the biggest things I learned was that sometimes things don’t go as planned. Sometimes a great idea can look fantastic in your mind, but then whe it comes time to draw it up full scale, things do not look as good as you hoped. Such was the story behind the cover of this edition of The Vintage.

When my first idea sort of fell through, I was strapped for a cover that would not only look good, bu would also hold some sort of meaning that could be applied to this great chapter of Delta Theta. After over tw hours of experimentation and rough drafts with some of my brothers, the final idea for the cover was born.

As a future educator of English, I couldn’t help but feel compelled to put out a cover that not only looked good, but also would hold some sort of second-level meaning. Here it goes:

When I first started making this Vintage, it felt like I was about to start something that was indeed bigger than myself. All the prestige and expectations that comes with this position appeared extremely daunting in my eyes. And there was no way I could get this giant bal we call The Vintage moving. But thankfully, I am not alone in my struggle. And I never am. Thanks to the continuous support of my broth ers, this edition of The Vintage was possible. And this is, in a sense, what all brothers strive to accomplish. Only by working together can w as brothers, and as a society, truly accomplish the obstacles that stand before us. It falls on not one person, but many, to create change and “get the ball moving”. And so, to those Brothers that sat with me at the computer, trying to find a cover that would work, to those Brothers that got me their articles as soon as they could, and to those Brothers who allowed me to scrounge through their cameras and photo albums, looking for pictures for this bad boy, I sincerely and from the bottom of my heart say thank you. Enjoy YOUR Vintage guys. Drew Wagner Chapter Historian

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Cody Anderson Peter Boos Travis Brown Joshua Cromer Scott Dikeman Robert Domsch Matthew Duerfeldt

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Presidents Report………………. 6 Meet the Housemother…….... ….7 From the Chairman…………...... 8 Parent of the Year……………... 10 Krause Award………………… ..11 Ault and Muir Elected………. ..13 Community Service………........ 14 Philanthropy…………………….15 Social…………………………….16 Homecoming………………….. .17

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Membership Education………………... 18 Holstrom Award……………………….. 20 Grant-in-Aid Recipients……………….. 22 New Initiates……………………………..24 LeaderShape…….................................... 24 True Merit……………………………….25 Endowment Fund Recipients………….. 26 Alumni Relations Scholarship…………. 32 Senior Thoughts………………………….33 Out of House Reflections…………..…....34

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The Fall 2006 semester was yet another successful semester for the Delta Theta chapter. This semester seems as if it has flown by with the many different philanthropies, social service events, and social events that we all so graciously participated in. This would not be possible without the brotherhood that seems to surround 1632 McCain Lane. This brotherhood is the rock that helps lead us on to greater achievements. After an eye opening congress in which we walked away with every award except the most prestigious one, The Top Chapter Award, the Delta Theta chapter came back to Manhattan and hit the ground running; starting up the semester with a new set of officers that were full of enthusiasm, new ideas, and a desire to make this chapter thrive in the future. The chapter has started up two new philanthropies and has made the executive committee a more valuable part within the chapter. Starting up one-on-one meetings with officers to catch up on events and toss around ideas was an idea we had to better their respective position. This is just a few ways that we as a chapter are stepping up to the challenges that have been presented. Like any other semester, this semester has presented its challenges but, just as the Delta Theta chapter has done in the past, we have conquered these challenges and have only bettered ourselves from them. With the help of such a great group of men that Delta Theta seems to breed, this semester has gone by smoothly and successfully. Looking back at when I took this position just a year ago as a sophomore, I couldn’t stop myself from having a mixture of emotions from being scared out of my mind to being so excited for getting this position that leads that is in charge of making sure this chapter remains successful. As my term is coming to an end, it is hard for me to look back and think it is almost over. But I will promise you this: being only a junior now, I will be helping this chapter achieve success for many years to come. I will be side by side with our newly elected president John Bensman, who is an outstanding brother, and will lead this chapter to another year of great success.

Scott Keller Chapter President

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Our new Housemother, Carrie Humbarger (right), and her daughter Kaylie (left)

After the departure of former Housemother Pat Dunaway, Delta Theta started up a Housemother Committee to both find our new Housemother as well as re-evaluate what characteristics and what our expectations of our new Housemother would be. After a semester of searching, the Housemother Committee felt they found the right person for the job. This semester, the men of Delta Theta hired a new Housemother. Carrie Humbarger, mother of Brother Mark Humbarger, was a welcomed new edition to the Delta Theta Chapter House. From the very start, Carrie showed a lot of enthusiasm for her new position, and expressed a great interest in getting involved when her busy scheduled allowed. Carrie currently runs her own hair salon called “Shaggieville�, and she is very preoccupied from time to time. But she always has time to let some of us come in to get our hair cut. When Carrie comes up for dinner in the evenings, she brings along her daughter Kaylie, who is a freshman in high school, and occasionally her other daughter Kortney, who is a freshman here at Kansas State. We here at Delta Theta are very pleased with our new housemother and look forward to having her here for a long time to come. Bobby Domsch Chaplain

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FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES On behalf of Vice-Chairman Allan Holiday, Secretary Eileen Hinkin and Trustees Scott Jones, Kent Kiracofe, Mike Ribble, Monty Nielsen, Rich Seidler, Scott Keller, John Bensman, Bobby Domsch, Matt Duerfeldt and Sam Hund, I am pleased to transmit the twelfth Report of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. During School Year 2005-2006, under the capable leadership of Presidents Josh Ault and Scott Keller, Vice-Presidents Scott Dikeman and Jeff Elkins, Chaplains Brad Stein and James Fullagar and the other members of the Executive Committee and officers, the planning, organization and execution of chapter responsibilities was again outstanding, resulting in numerous recognitions by the National Fraternity. While there were certain challenges, the collective effort and emphasis towards excellence was again remarkable. The 77th Alpha Tau Omega National Congress was held in Austin, Texas, on August 2-5, 2006. Twenty-six Brothers, including Chapter President Scott Keller and Past Chapter Presidents Josh Ault and Brian King, attended along with myself and Brother Todd Lakin. Delta Theta received the following National Awards:

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The Chapter received the True Merit Award, which recognizes the top Alpha Tau Omega Chapters in the Nation. This marked the 27th time in 38 years that Delta Theta has received this prestigious award. This year, twenty Chapters in the Nation received the True Merit Bowl. This Award recognizes excellence in chapter programming, scholarship, leadership, service and achievement. Delta Theta's 27 years is the record for the Fraternity and marks the fourteenth consecutive year.

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The Chapter, under the direction of Chapter Historian and Vintage Editor Anthony Carter, Public Relations Officers Mike Rohr and Ryan Kaman, Alumni Relations Officers Peter Hinkle and Nathan Schnefke and Communications Officers Chris Mick and Eric Leftwich, was again recognized as having the best communications program in the Nation through the awarding of the National Gold Communications Award.

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For the sixth straight year, the Chapter received the Excellence in Scholarship Award for being one of thirty-one chapters in the Nation with above 3.000 GPAs for the entire year.

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The Chapter received National Special Mention in the Good Samaritan Community Awareness Award and National Honorable Mention in the Erskine Mayo Ross Impact Award, which recognize chapters for achievement in fostering a spirit of service to others through a well-conceived, coordinated, and complete social service and philanthropy programs.

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Brother Brian King received The Thomas Arkle Clark National Runner-Up Award, which recognizes the top undergraduate members in the Nation.

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Brother Josh Ault was elected as one of three undergraduates on the National Board of Directors. Josh joins National Secretary Bill Muir on the National Board of Directors. He was also appointed National Sergeant-at-Arms (Worthy Grand Usher) will serve a two-year Board term.

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Brothers Jeff Elkins received a National At-Large Scholarship Award from the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation.

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Other Awards presented to Delta Theta included The Board of Trustees Upper Alpha Award, The Chapter Excellence Award, The Excellence in Communications Award and The Recruitment Advantage Excellence Award.

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In addition, the Chapter received the following honors on campus: 1)

"Operation Appreciation" and "Homeless-for-Hunger" were again ranked in the top Greek philanthropic events at K-State.

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The Chapter's yearly grades were above a 3.000 for the ninth time.

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The Chapter received an IFC Gold Award for Membership Development Programming, Silver Awards for Chapter Management Programming and Risk Management Programming and a Bronze Award for Recruitment Programming.

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During the summer, Brothers Scott Keller, James Fullagar, Mike Rohr, Matt Amthor, Bobby Domsch and Travis Brown attended the Chapter-Based LeaderShape session in Indiana; while Peter Boos, Pat Criss, Josh Cromer, Matt Lindquist, Scott Swain and Tyler Wisdom attended the twenty-first annual LeaderShape Institute in Champaign, Illinois. All these Brothers received either Muir LeaderShape Scholarships or Lakin LeaderShape Scholarships to attend this nationally-recognized Institute. Delta Theta again was the only chapter to have twelve members attend LeaderShape in any one year. All the Brothers expressed that the Institute benefited them personally and they will use what they have learned in their service to the chapter, community and university.

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Eighteen Brothers and pledges attended the Regional Leadership Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 4, 2006.

It was again a great year! But the Chapter knows that they have more to achieve. They know that maintaining the "status quo" is a step backwards. And they feel that achieving the Top Chapter Award again is an ultimate goal, especially after winning four times in the past. They know that grades need to be above the All-Men’s Grade Average again – above the AllUniversity Grade Average again – and above a 3.000 again and in the top quartile again. They

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know that financial responsibility is what keeps the doors open, and have collectively lent their support to Treasurer Garrett Linville in these efforts. They know that cooperation, understanding and advanced planning bring the best results. Chapter Meetings, House Meetings, and Executive Committee and Chapter Retreats continue to be frequent and highly productive occurrences and are attended by a substantial number of participating Brothers. Emphasis will be kept on the areas of long-term success: Public relations and communications, philanthropy, leadership development, IFC, scholarship, alumni/chapter relations, intramurals, social responsibility, brotherhood and overall excellence. Renewed emphasis and concentration areas will be: Homecoming, Chapter House maintenance and upkeep, social service, finances, brotherhood and campus involvement. You can readily appreciate your Chapter's achievements. There are 133 Taus on the KSU campus this year – as diversified as ever. They are fulfilling their part of the "Brotherhood by choice". I would only hope that you can support them – by your attendance, by rush recommendations, by monetary contributions, by being an "active" Alpha Tau Omega alumnus! The future is bright for Delta Theta, but not without the participation of both undergraduate and alumni members of this Chapter. William L. Muir Delta Theta Board of Trustees Chairman

Parent of the Year For her tireless efforts, for her never-ending kindness, for her constant delivery of baked good, and ,above all, for making everyone here at Delta Theta feel like a son of her own, we are honored to name Glenda Anderson the Alpha Tau Omega Parent of the Year.

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Kansas State University Former Head Football Coach Bill Snyder received the Robert S. Krause Alpha Tau Omega Outstanding Campus Leader Award from the Kansas State University Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at their Awards Banquet on October 10, 2006. The Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund presented the Award, a plaque and a $1,000 cash donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice. Snyder designated the Manhattan Boys and Girls Club and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Manhattan as co-recipient of the Award, to be split equally between the organizations. This annual award honors Kansas State University Vice President Robert S. Krause, who was the chapter's Faculty Advisor for 12 years. It recognizes the top faculty, staff or administrators of Kansas State University, as chosen by vote of the chapter members. The Award was presented by Scott Keller, Chapter President; Bob Krause, KSU Vice President and namesake; and Bill Muir, KSU ATO Endowment Fund President. The Award's first two recipients, Dean of Student Life Pat Bosco and K-State Alumni Association President Amy Renz, also made remarks. The Krause Award was established in the Spring of 2003. Previous recipients have been Dr. Pat J. Bosco, KSU Dean of Student Life (2003), Amy Button Renz, President of the K-State Alumni Association (2004), and Dr. James R. Coffman, Provost Emeritus (2005). Bill Snyder was Head Football Coach for Kansas State University from 1989 until his retirement in 2005. A St. Joseph, Missouri, native, Snyder began his coaching career in 1966 as a graduate assistant for the USC Trojans. He then worked as a California high school coach for several years. From 1976 to 1978, Snyder was an assistant coach at North Texas State under Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry. Snyder and Fry moved together to the University of Iowa in 1979, with Snyder serving as Fry's offensive coordinator for the next ten years. Snyder was hired as Head Coach of the Kansas State University Wildcats following the 1988 season. In the 17 years as K-State Head Coach, Snyder became the all-time winningest football at KSU (136 wins) and led K-State to eleven consecutive bowl games (1993-2003), including six wins. Snyder's legacy at K-State also includes winning the Big 12 championship in 2003 and sharing four Big 12 North titles since conference play began in 1996. During the 1998 season, K-State posted an undefeated 11-0 regular season and earned its first ever Number 1

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In 1998, Snyder was recognized as the National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and was awarded the Bear Bryant Award and the Bobby Dodd Foundation Award. ESPN selected Snyder as its National Coach of the Year in 1991, and CNN selected him as its National Coach of the Year in 1995. Snyder was also selected Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year by the Associated Press three times (1990, 1991 and 1993); and was named Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year twice (1998 by the Associated Press and coaches) and 2002 (by coaches). Snyder is a 1963 graduate of William Jewell College and received an M.A. from Eastern New Mexico University in 1965. He currently serves as Chairman of the KSU Leadership Studies Building Campaign, Honorary Chairman of the KSU Foundation Changing Lives Campaign, and is Past President of the KSU Friends of the Libraries organization.

From K-State Media Relations and Marketing News Release

Robert S Krause Outstanding Campus Leader Award presentation (L to R): Amy Button Renz (KSU Alumni Association President and 2004 Krause Award recipient), Robert S. Krause (Vice President for Institutional Advancement), Bill Snyder (2006 Krause Award recipient), Bill Muir (Endowment Fund President), Pat J. Bosco (2003 Krause Award recipient), and Scott Keller (Chapter President).

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BROTHER AULT ELECTED TO NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brother Joshua T. "Josh" Ault (DTh2003) was elected to the Alpha Tau Omega National Board o Directors by the General Assembly at the Alpha Tau Omega Congress in Austin, Texas on August 2-5, 2006 Brother Ault was one of two undergraduate members elected, the other being Brother Brett Lauritsen o Nebraska Gamma Theta (University of Nebraska at Lincoln). They joined Brother Spencer Caperton o Baylor as the three undergraduate members of the National Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is th 12-member group that governs the Fraternity when the General Assembly is not in session. His two-year term will expire at the ATO Congress in August of 2008.

Brother Ault was also appointed by National President Cory J. Ciklin as National Sergeant-at-Arms (Worthy Gran Usher), serving a two-year term that also expires in August of 2008.

Josh was Delta Theta's President in 2005-2006. He also served as Public Relations Officer, philanthropy Chairma and Assistant Membership Education Chairman. He is a member of the Order of Omega Greek Honorary and the Studen Health Advisory Committee. He is the only Chapter member to have received The Holstrom Memorial Freshman Award The Sterrett Memorial Sophomore Award, The Tinder Memorial Junior Award and the Holstrom Memorial Senior Award He received The Trustees' Brotherhood Award in 2006.

Our congratulations to Brother Josh Ault on his election to our National Board of Directors and as National Sergeant at-Arms. Drew M. Wagner Chapter Historian

BROTHER MUIR RE-ELECTED AS NATIONAL SECRETARY

Brother William L. "Bill" Muir (DTh1967) was re-elected National Secretary by th National Board of Directors at the Alpha Tau Omega Congress in Austin, Texas, on August 2-5 2006. As National Secretary, he is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the National Board o Directors.

Brother Muir was an elected member of the Board of Directors from 1993-2002; and ha been National Secretary since 1995. The Board of Directors is the 12-member group that govern the Fraternity when the General Assembly is not in session. His two-year term will expire at th ATO Congress in August of 2008.

Bill has been Delta Theta's Chapter Advisor, Building Corporation Secretary and Endowment Fund Presiden since 1971. He also served as National Ritual Counselor for 17 years. Brother Muir was selected as the National Adviso of the Year in 1987. He received a Special Worthy Grand Chief Award in 1990 and the National Presidents Award i 2002. Our congratulations to Brother Bill Muir on his re-election as National Secretary. Drew M. Wagner Chapter Historian

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The importance of social service has never been lost on Delta Theta. We have always taken a prominent role in the community of Manhattan, not only through our heavy involvement in philanthropies but also through participation in highway cleanups, mentorship programs, and the Boys and Girls Club. This semester was no different. The chapter enjoyed our four highway cleanups along Tuttle Creek Boulevard this fall and playing kickball with the Boys and Girls Club after-school program at Lee Elementary School. What I enjoyed most about being Social Service Coordinator this semester was being directly involved with bettering the community through Delta Theta and the feeling that comes from knowing that you are making a difference, even if it is just in our town of Manhattan. I thank all the brothers who took time out of their busy schedules and pitched in and a special thank-you to my assistants, Mike Rohr and Andrew Langford, for all their help. Joshua Cromer Social Service Coordinator

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Philanthropies are a significant tradition throughout campus and Greek life. There are different philanthropies almost every weekend for students to get involved in. These events are usually competitive or scored by judges so it makes everything that much more eventful. Philanthropies are also a vital influence on much of the brotherhood bonding that takes in Delta Theta. Throughout the year, ATO hosts such philanthropies as “The Ali Kemp Bandstand”, “Pledge Games”, and “Earthball”. This year also marked the inaugural launch of our newest philanthropy, “Lighting Up the Little Apple.” For this competition, houses decorated their houses in holiday lights and decorations and then were voted on by the students at Kansas State. Those are only a few of many numerous philanthropies that our members take part in. Alpha Tau Omega has been one of the fraternities with substantial amounts of community service hours for a long time. The majority of these community service hours have been contributed to the house by the philanthropies that we take part in. I just wanted to thanks to all my Brothers for their hard work and dedication throughout this semester. Cody Anderson Philanthropy Chairman

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Social Serving as the Social and Risk Management chairmen for the chapter is a job that is probably as rewarding, yet as time consuming and stressful, as any other position in the house. Our primary goal as the Social Chair / Risk Management Officer was to plan and facilitate every Delta Theta Social Event so that it was as a fun yet safe environment, while focusing on making sure the events were in line with the Risk Management policies of both ATO Nationals and the Interfraternity Council (IFC). The Fall 2006 semester was as successful, and busy, as any other semester for the men of Delta Theta. We started off with a boom, throwing our annual Labor Day bash in September which set the tone for the semester. Our next social event was the Wine Party, where each member dressed in formal wear and each room prepared a different hors d’oeuvres. Following the Wine Party, we continued the tradition of Blackfoot/Whitefoot with the men of Sigma Nu by throwing a Halloween Date Party in October. And finally, we ended the semester with “Tau Humbug”, our Christmas party, in December. In addition, all three sororities accepted our bid during function bidding. We enjoyed a “Fun and Games” function with the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma, in which we had a hilarious “White-Elephant” gift exchange along with board games and snacks. We also had a bowling/karaoke night with the women of Pi Beta Phi, and we are currently in talks with Chi Omega for a function sometime next semester. All in all it was another fun and successful semester for the men of Delta Theta. Michael Rohr Social Chairman

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Brad Stein Risk Management Chairman

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With the beginning of the fall ’06 semester comes the Kansas State football season. And with the football season, comes homecoming. Our 2006 homecoming partners were the women of Delta Delta Delta and the man of Acacia, whom we here at ATO were very pleased to be paired with! The theme of homecoming this year was “Homecoming for Heroes”, honoring those returning from the war, as well as the heroes that fill our everyday lives. The entire week, leading up to the homecoming game against Iowa State, was scheduled with the traditionally fun-filled events we have come to love here at Kansas State. We started the week hitting with the homecoming 5K race, followed by float pomping sessions that evening (where we stick colored pieces of tissue, “pomp”, into chicken wire for our float). The next evening we danced our way into 5th place of the Wildcat Request Live dance competition. Following the brilliant showing at WRL, we competed in Pant the Chant, while some brothers upheld a booth at the Kiddy Carnival as well. I wouldn’t say our Yard Art display in Tri-Delta’s front lawn was anything short of masterful either; projecting a to-scale replica model of the famous American statue: “Raising of the American Flag” at Iwo Jima, with Willie in the forefront of course. The homecoming events were wrapped up with the spirit sign competition which we failed to place in despite our phenomenal display of artistic creativity and prowess. And we can’t forget our 31-10 win over Iowa State to cap off another fun and successful homecoming! I couldn’t have done all this without the support of my assistants or my Brothers. So I really just want to thank everyone for a fun and memorable homecoming. Travis Brown Homecoming Chair

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I decided to apply to Kansas State for two different reasons; one being my brother’s influence and the second being the Delta Theta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega. I never really looked into my future academic field here and I also never thought about pledging any other house. After making the decision to attend K-State, some people looked at this as just following my older brother’s foot steps and not choosing my own path, but I didn’t see it that way then and still don’t. Being the younger brother, I had always heard stories of my brother’s experiences of the college life, and every one of those experiences that comes to mind had something to do with the ATO. Entering college is a real culture shock for any high school graduate, and for me it was certainly no different. I entered this house with 30 other new members, and found myself overwhelmed with the excitement of making new friends and strengthening the few friendships with the guys who I was friends with in high school. Of course, what never crossed my mind was how close I would actually become with not just my fellow pledge brothers, but all of the other members as well. This obviously did not happen over night, but over the short period of a semester. In a few short months, the 30 of us had made our own unique friendships with one another that I hope will endure for the rest of our lives. From serenading different sororities in our ties, jean shorts, and any other hideous accessories we could find, to just going out to grab a bite to eat with a few of the guys, we developed a closeness that we had never imagined possible. However, I must add that I do not feel we would all be as close today if it were not for our pledge class retreat to Canada. It was not only finding out the things that shape and help to define your peers, but also the realization of what defines you that helped bring us all together. Throughout the year our pledge trainers have helped us grow as young men in a variety of ways; making sure that we stayed involved with everything throughout the semester and at the same time keeping up with our grades and helping us with the troubles our classes presented us. We, as a pledge class, would be nowhere near where we are today if it wasn’t for the effort of both the pledge trainers and the other members of this chapter. By both watching and interacting with these men, we were able to decipher the values and beliefs which make up a man of Alpha Tau Omega. Today, I can tell a variety of funny stories and great memories about any one of my pledge brothers, knowing any one of them could do the same for me. Of course, some memories might not make us exactly proud of ourselves, but they are entertaining none the less. Overall, I have learned a great deal about each of these guys and looking back on the decision of joining ATO, I find myself with no regrets and know with no doubt in my mind that I made a great decision. This semester has certainly had its ups and downs, and I’m sure the rest will have even more. Personally, I can’t wait to enjoy them with everyone. Adam Love Pledge Class President

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The Fall Pledge Class, recruited by Membership Recruitment Chairman John Bensman and Assistants Kyle Potter, Ryan Kuhn, Brad Stein, Mike Rohr and Tyler Newton, consisted of thirty men from various parts of the country: Bryce James Bartu, Grand Island, Nebraska; Trent Robert Byquist, Salina, Kansas; Colin Robert Cummings, Lenexa, Kansas; Joseph Paul Fangman, Jr., Hutchinson, Kansas; Jeffrey Garrett Ferguson, Overland Park, Kansas; Kevin William Goebel, Lenexa, Kansas; Jacob Steven Kaunley, Olathe, Kansas; Jared Michael Keating, Shawnee, Kansas; Scott Andrew Lange, Overland Park, Kansas; Daniel Joseph Long, Overland Park, Kansas, Adam Heath Love, Merriam, Kansas; Jay Kennedy Marcus, Overland Park, Kansas; Mitchell Edward Mattix, Prairie Village, Kansas; William Howard Miller, Overland Park, Kansas; Phillip Brock Newman, Leawood, Kansas; Joseph William Norris, Littleton, Colorado; Patrick Henry O’Flynn, Overland Park, Kansas; Joshua Wade Oller, Kingman, Kansas; Aaron Matthew Ortbals, Leawood, Kansas; Adam Bradley Pfautsch, Lenexa, Kansas; Nicholas Lee Rauth, Leawood, Kansas, Jeremy Foster Ruff, Wichita, Kansas; Jared Mathis Schnefke, Shawnee, Kansas, Tyler Franklin Shepherd, Shawnee, Kansas; Michael Scott Supica, Overland Park, Kansas; Ryan Patrick Thomas, Shawnee, Kansas; Austin Gregory Waldo, Wichita, Kansas; Bryan Anthony Wilson, Leawood, Kansas; Calen Michael Young, Lenexa, Kansas; and Carter Bruce Young, Englewood, Colorado. Again, this pledge class was as diverse in backgrounds, majors, looks and attitudes as most every pledge class does when they come to Kansas State. They became very close to each other in a short amount of time and, through the Pledge Program and Weekly Lessons, became quite educated in college life, national and local history, and Greek living at this University. The Fall Pledge Class became involved in various social service projects, worked to earn money for their Weekend Retreat by selling glassware, coordinating credit card applications and work at Allan Holiday’s ranch and home, and completed projects during Help Week that benefited the Chapter House physical structure. For their Weekend Trip, the Pledge Class journeyed to Windsor, Ontario, Canada with all the Membership Education Chairmen, Chapter Advisors Bill Muir and Allan Holiday and actives John Bensman, Evan Coglizer and Travis Love. They enjoyed sightseeing, shopping, Group Dinner at Il Gabbianno Restaurant (courtesy of Brothers Muir and Holiday) and the Pledge Class Retreat (a five-hour discussion session with everyone that is called “Tau Talk”). I and my Assistants, Pat Criss, Brady Lohrey, Brad Stein and Keith Schaller, were privileged to have guided these excellent Brothers through their pledgeship. They are “true and worthy Brothers” who will serve the Chapter with distinction throughout their years in the Chapter. I would have not been able to accomplish getting all of these young men initiated into the Chapter without the wonderful and well-needed help from my dedicated assistants. To them, I truly appreciate their hard work, and I do not think I could have found four other men that I wanted to grow as close to as I have with them. Tyler F. Newton Fall Membership Education Chairman

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ENDOWMENT FUND AND COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AWARD HOLSTROM SCHOLARSHIP Anastasia L. Wayne, senior in Architecture, was awarded The John E. Holstrom Alpha Tau Omega Architectural Scholarship at the College of Architecture, Planning and Design Awards Reception on September 29, 2006. This eighteenth Holstrom Scholarship was for $1,000. Staci was presented a Plaque and Certificate by Endowment Fund President Bill Muir and had her name engraved on the Holstrom Award Plaque in Seaton Hall. A resident of Overland Park, Kansas, Wayne is acknowledged first and foremost as the architecture student who is most responsible for bringing the Freedom by Design initiative to Kansas State University -- just one of six such programs nationwide. She is said to have been the driving force and coordinator behind this campaign to renovate the home of a low-income, wheelchair-bound Manhattan resident. Instructors state that Staci is a supreme organizer with notable construction skills and experience. She applied these same skills to the team that participated in reconstruction of the home of the Nutsch family of Rose Hill, Kansas, on the hit ABC Television program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". She also studied abroad last Spring Semester in Orvieto, Italy. Staci currently serves as a Teaching Assistant for the HDE 3 (History of the Designed Environments) class, where she handles her tasks as though they come second-nature to her. She has been described as a person "in whom one can comfortably place their utmost trust"; and who completes her duties with "speed, efficiency and accuracy, with little instruction or guidance". David Sachs, Architecture Department Head, said that Staci "always produced surprisingly excellent work. I say surprisingly because she went quietly about her work, in a seemingly effortless manner, doing all that was asked of her, and then some . . ." Wayne is working toward a Bachelors degree in Architecture with a minor in History. She maintains a 3.484 grade point average. The Holstrom Scholarship, established in 1990, is named after John E. Holstrom, a 1968 initiate of the Kansas State University chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and 1972 Kansas State University graduate who died in December of 1989 at the age of 40. The stated purposes of this Scholarship are "to perpetuate the memory of John E. Holstrom on the campus of Kansas State University and to provide educational opportunities and assistance for fifth-year architecture students who possess exemplary attributes in scholarship, fellowship and character."

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The Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund, in conjunction with the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, established the Holstrom Scholarship. An endowed gift of $20,000 from the architectural firm of WeeterKienast-Alexander (WKA) of Dallas, Texas, which was Holstrom’s firm, is the largest part of this endowment. To be eligible, a student must have at least a 2.75 grade point average and "judged to be of good character and sound academic standing and who has contributed to the quality of life of the Department of Architecture, the College of Architecture, Planning and Design and Kansas State University. The recipient should demonstrate a high interest and ability in the field of architecture, with demonstrated professional promise. In all other respects, this Scholarship will be awarded without restriction to gender, race, handicap, religion or national origin." The finalists for this Scholarship are chosen by a Screening Committee within the Department of Architecture selected by the Head of the Department. The Screening Committee provides a written assessment of each finalist, describing and evaluating potential, scholastic aptitude, exemplary fellowship, outstanding character and contributions to the University. The Head of the Department of Architecture, in consultation with the Dean of Architecture, Planning and Design, selects the recipient. Dennis L. Law, KSU Dean of Architecture, Planning and Design, commented: "We are very pleased to be able to offer this Scholarship to an outstanding fifth-year architectural student. Special thanks to the local Alpha Tau Omega Endowment Fund and the WKA architectural firm for making this Scholarship a reality, and congratulations to Staci Wayne on being the Scholarship recipient." David H. Sachs, Head of the KSU Department of Architecture, said: "Staci Wayne is one of our top students, and possesses good, all-around qualities that fit the criteria for this Scholarship." William L. Muir, President of the Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund, stated: "We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to award this Scholarship in memory of John Holstrom to an outstanding architectural student as Staci Wayne. John loved architecture, he loved life in general, and he loved Kansas State University. It is very appropriate that we memorialize his life of service with this Scholarship."

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ATO FOUNDATION AWARDS MUIR MEMORIAL GRANTS-IN-AID The Alpha Tau Omega Foundation, upon recommendation of the Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund, announced the 2006-2007 William Lloyd Muir II and John Thomas Muir Memorial Grant-in-Aid Awards, totaling $10,355, at the Chapter Awards Banquet held on October 10, 2006. The Grant-in-Aid Awards were presented to the following Brothers living in the Chapter House or an approved Annex*:

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Anthony L. Carter (Recipient, Muir Memorial Trophy) 6510 Snowshoe Trail, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80911

$1,800.00

Jeremy K. Will 9689 E. Highway K-4, Gypsum, Kansas 67448

$1,340.00

Eric T. Leftwich 8020 Park Street, Lenexa, KS 66215

$1,312.00

W. Travis Love 9016 W. 48th Terrace, Merriam, Kansas 66203

$1,065.00

Bradley R. Stein 11763 Garnett, Overland Park, Kansas 66210

$1,000.00

Cody G. Anderson 1320 E. 154th Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062

$1,000.00

Peter E. Boos 11007 W. 126th Terrace, Overland Park, Kansas 66213

$ 660.00

Chad M. Baalman 802 Ivory Street, Oakley, Kansas 67748

$ 643.00

Drew W. Britton 306 Kunkle Drive, Ellsworth, Kansas 67439

$ 509.00

John W. Bensman 10500 W. 142nd Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66221

$ 471.00

Ryan M. Kuhn 3509 Stagecoach Circle, Manhattan, Kansas 66503

$ 200.00

*Brett M. Robben 304 E. 7th Street, Oakley, Kansas 67748

$ 205.00

*Jacob R. Will 9689 E. Highway K-4, Gypsum, Kansas 67448

$ 150.00

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The Muir Grants-in-Aid were first awarded in 1974. In June of 1990, by action of the Endowment Fund Board of Directors, $92,265 was transferred to The Alpha Tau Omega Foundation and The William Lloyd Muir II and John Thomas Muir Memorial Grant-in-Aid Awards Account was established on the national level. In August of 1999, an additional $67,039 was transferred to the ATO Foundation. The Account currently has more than $200,000 in assets. The transfers and the rate-of-return by the Foundation have allowed the Awards to grow from $4,000 per year to this year’s $10,355. The Muir Memorial Grants-in-Aid memorialize and honor Brother William L. (Bill) Muir II (DTh1938), who died during World War II in May of 1943, and Brother John T. (Tom) Muir (DTh1938), who died in February of 1990. They are given each year to members living in the Chapter House or an approved Annex who demonstrate substantial financial need, scholastic achievement and campus and community involvement. All applicants complete a 19-page application. Awards are made by The Alpha Tau Omega Foundation Board of Governors, from recommendations of the Endowment Fund's Executive Committee, based on a previously established formula. The Grants-in-Aid are used to offset the person' basic housebill or Annex fees and are made jointly to the member and Delta Theta of Alpha Tau Omega. The maximum awards are 50% of the total yearly Chapter housebill ($1,850) or Annex fees ($235), as the case may be. The top Award receives the Muir Memorial Trophy. The members of the Board of Directors extend congratulations to the recipients of this year's Muir Memorial Grant-in-Aid Awards.

William L. Muir, President Todd F. Lakin, Vice-President Allan D. Holiday, Jr., Secretary Michael E. Brown, Treasurer Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund

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I am proud to say that joining the Delta Theta chapter of Alpha Tau Omega was one of the best decisions of my life. Throughout my pledgeship I knew that I had joined a prestigious group. The men that I now call my brothers are all quality people, and show more brotherhood than I have ever seen in my life. As a new initiate, I had no idea of how quickly one could get involved and now I am currently assisting a couple executive officers, including the recruitment officer. I feel as though I am making a difference and hope to see it directly affect the house next semester. Alpha Tau Omega has also helped me during my life. I have never been a part of such a great organization. I have made many valuable friendships in the past year; friendships that I know will last for years to come. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful of the chance I have been given, and I plan to make the best of it.

Samuel Hund Outstanding New Member Fall 2006 Initiation Class

During this past Spring semester, I was lucky enough to be selected to travel to Champagne, Illinois to attend the LeaderShape Institute along with four of my other brothers for the five day experience. The theme for the week was “Leading with Integrity” and from the first meeting to the last they incorporated that idea into all of the daily events. The five of us were broken up into separate groups with students from all over the country to encourage us to interact with other people, which also helped because we were able to apply the information we learned to people we barely knew. Everyone at LeaderShape was incredibly friendly and they helped make the experience even more enjoyable. By the end of the week we had developed great skills and ideas that we will be able to use for the rest of our lives. The week seemed incredibly short at the time but, looking back on it now, we covered so much information and learned so much about leading that it was definitely time well spent. The things taught at LeaderShape really put what it means to be a leader into perspective. It was very refreshing to be around so many inspirational people, who all brought positive perspectives to the experience. After LeaderShape concluded, I couldn’t wait to get back to school and use the skills I learned. They taught us things there that can be applied to anything, from making us better leaders to handling ourselves better in social situations. LeaderShape is a great experience and I encourage all that are invited to attend to go because you will learn things that you can apply for the rest of your life. Peter Boos

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ALPHA TAU OMEGA CHAPTER AWARDED TRUE MERIT The annual Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity National Congress concluded with the awarding of The True Merit Award – and for the 27th time, the Kansas State University chapter received that recognition. The presentation was made in Austin, Texas, on August 5, 2006. Scott R. Keller, Olathe, chapter President, accepted the Award for Delta Theta Chapter. The True Merit Award was created in 1969 to recognize the most outstanding chapter of Alpha Tau Omega in the Nation. Delta Theta was one of twenty chapters recognized. The chapter was also recognized for the most outstanding communications with the presentation of the Gold Communications Award. Officers recognized for the Gold Award were Anthony L. Carter, Colorado Springs, chapter Historian and Editor of The Vintage, the chapter's award-winning alumni news magazine; Michael J. Rohr, Derby and Ryan C. Kaman, Overland Park, chapter Public Relations Officers; Peter L. Hinkle, Overland Park and Nathan J. Schnefke, Shawnee, chapter Alumni Relations Officers; and Christopher A. Mick, Osborne and Eric T. Leftwich, Lenexa, chapter Communications Officers. The chapter has received this top award nine of the last eleven years. The chapter also received the Good Samaritan Community Awareness Special Mention Award for outstanding service to community, the Ross Impact Honorable Mention Award for outstanding charitable giving, and the Excellence in Scholarship Award for chapter grades above 3.000 for the school year. Brian M. King, Iola, past chapter President, received the ATO Thomas Arkle Clark Runner-Up Award. Jeffrey E. Elkins, Leawood, received an ATO Foundation AtLarge Scholarship. Joshua T. Ault, Olathe, was elected to the National Board of Directors as one of three undergraduate members. Wynn Smiley, Alpha Tau Omega Chief Executive Officer, said that the ATOs at KState are always striving for excellence. "Alpha Tau Omega seeks to instill leadership and values in our members. Our Brothers at Kansas State University have taken accomplishments to a new level. They are outstanding in every way and are always one of our best chapters; and the individual and chapter awards they received this year recognize that." The Delta Theta chapter at K-State was chartered in 1920 and has existed continuously since. The K-State chapter has had several National Officers and members of the National Board of Directors since 1975. Alpha Tau Omega was founded in 1865 after the Civil War as a peace society in Richmond, Virginia, with its first chapter at the Virginia Military Institute. There are currently 132 chapters and 8 colonies.

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Endowment Fund Awards Spring Semester Scholarships The Kansas State University Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund announced the recipients of The Elmer D. McCollum Scholastic Excellence Awards, endowed by and named for Brother Elmer D. McCollum (DTh1920), for the Spring Semester, 2006. Every active (or pledge who is subsequently initiated the next semester) in good standing living in the Chapter House and up to 8 actives or pledges living in an approved annex (indicated with *) receive The McCollum Scholastic Excellence Award if they attain a 3.250 Grade Point Average or above, based on the following criteria: For every whole tenth that the person's grades are above a 3.250, a cash award of that number multiplied by the number of graded hours completed multiplied by $3.00 will be given. An additional $100 will be awarded for a 4.000 GPA. No individual McCollum Award shall be more than $600. To be eligible, the person must take and complete at least 12 hours, 9 of which are graded. In addition, the Endowment Fund has established (from a directed donation) with the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation The Presidential Scholastic Achievement Awards. If the Chapter Grade Average is equal to or above a 3.000, every person who meets The McCollum Award criteria receives an additional $100 Presidential Award from the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation. The University All-Men's Grade Average for the Spring Semester, 2006, was 2.855, the All-University Undergraduate Average was 2.971 and the All-Fraternity Average was 2.958. The Chapter's Grade Average was 3.083 (7th of 25 fraternities and Top Quartile), with grade changes. If the Chapter Grade Average is below a 3.000, no Presidential Awards will be presented. The 41 recipients, hours, grade averages and total awards of $11,712 ($7,612 for the McCollum Awards and $4,100 for the Presidential Awards) for the Spring Semester, are as follows:

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*Matthew J. Duerfeldt (Top Grades) 1428 Beechwood Circle, Manhattan, KS 66502

22 Hours

4.000

$662

Peter L. Hinkle (Top Grades) 11309 Riley Street, Overland Park, KS 66210

18 Hours

4.000

$578

Sean P. Cordes (Top Grades) 3504 W. 128th Street, Leawood, KS 66209

15 Hours

4.000

$515

Michael J. Rohr (Top Grades) 1513 Baltimore Place, Derby, KS 67037

15 Hours

4.000

$515

Garrett B. Linville (Top Grades) 13929 W. 73rd Street, Shawnee, KS 66216

15 Hours

4.000

$515

Brett M. Robben (Top Grades) 304 E. 7th Street, Oakley, KS 67748

15 Hours

4.000

$515

Scott A. Swain (Top Grades) 13923 W. 76th Circle, Lenexa, KS 66216

14 Hours

4.000

$494

Tyler F. Newton (Top Grades) 16760 Antioch, Stilwell, KS 66085

13 Hours

4.000

$473

Jeffrey E. Elkins (Top Grades) 13020 El Monte, Leawood, KS 66209

12 Hours

4.000

$452

Christopher A. Mick (Top Grades) 874 S. 170th Avenue, Osborne, KS 67473

12 Hours

4.000

$452

Drew M. Wagner (Top Grades) 9208 W. 132nd Street, Overland Park, KS 66213

12 Hours

4.000

$452

Robert J. Domsch 7129 Noland Road, Shawnee, KS 66216

18 Hours+1CR

3.833

$370

Patrick T. Criss 13213 W. 129th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66213

16 Hours

3.813

$340

Lafe M. Bauer 3312 W. 86th Street, Leawood, KS 66206

12 Hours

3.750

$280

Jeremy K. Will 9689 E. Highway K-4, Gypsum, KS 67448

12 Hours

3.750

$280

Bryan E. Klote 12712 Sagamore Road, Leawood, KS 66209

18 Hours

3.722

$316

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Eric T. Leftwich 8020 Park Street, Lenexa, KS 66215

18 Hours

3.722

$316

Andrew T. Langford 5441 Delaware, Wichita, KS 67204

14 Hours

3.714

$268

Ross W. Brady 12846 Larsen, Overland Park, KS 66213

15 Hours

3.667

$280

*Brian M. King 2 Timber Drive, Iola, KS 66749

12 Hours

3.667

$244

Jacob R. Will 9689 E. Highway K-4, Gypsum, KS 67448

15 Hours

3.600

$235

Brandon M. Hall 6833 W. 163rd Terrace, Stilwell, KS 66085

15 Hours

3.600

$235

Matthew J. Lindquist 1500 Sharingbrook Drive, Manhattan, KS 66503

12 Hours

3.583

$208

Bradley R. Stein 11763 Garnett, Overland Park, KS 66210

16 Hours

3.563

$244

Samuel J. Hund 6945 Bell Road, Shawnee, KS 66217

16 Hours

3.563

$244

Jonathan B. Biggs 9214 Allman, Lenexa, KS 66219

17 Hours

3.529

$202

Nathan J. Schnefke 5345 Albervan Street, Shawnee, KS 66216

18 Hours

3.500

$208

James R. Fullagar 3219 Driftwood Drive, Manhattan, KS 66503

12 Hours

3.500

$172

*Michael F. Fernholz 12313 England, Overland Park, KS 66213

12 Hours

3.500

$172

W. Travis Love 9016 W. 48th Terrace, Merriam, KS 66203

15 Hours

3.467

$190

*Andrew P. Congleton 5017 Lakewood Drive, Manhattan, KS 66503

13 Hours

3.462

$178

Eric K. Montgomery 14809 Linden, Leawood, KS 66224

12 Hours

3.417

$136

W. Scott Dikeman 12619 Pawnee, Leawood, KS 66209

15 Hours

3.400

$145

Mathew C. Plummer 2905 Nevada Street, Manhattan, KS 66502

15 Hours

3.400

$145

Matthew R. Porter 8614 Deer Run Street, Lenexa, KS 66220

13 Hours

3.385

$139

Mark R. Inman 14544 Greenwood Street, Olathe, KS 66062

14 Hours

3.357

$142

Todd M. Williams 8900 W. 115th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66210

15 Hours

3.333

$100

*Brock C. Lohrey 4960 Widmer, Shawnee, KS 66216

17 Hours

3.294

$100

*Charles D. Robben 304 E. 7th Street, Oakley, KS 67748

12 Hours

3.250

$100

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Travis E. C. Brown 1321 Givens Road, Manhattan, KS 66503

12 Hours

3.250

$100

Cory A. Zimmerman 5944 Westridge Drive, Great Bend, KS 67530

12 Hours

3.250

$100

The Kansas State University Foundation makes The McCollum Awards, based upon recommendations to the University General Scholarship Committee from the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund. The Alpha Tau Omega Foundation awards The Presidential Awards, based upon recommendation from the Executive Committee of the Endowment Fund. Each member meeting the criteria for The McCollum and Presidential Awards for both the Fall and Spring Semesters is eligible for The L. Allyn Laybourn Scholastic Excellence Awards, endowed by and named for Brother L. Allyn Laybourn (DTh1921), which are presented in the Fall by the Endowment Fund and the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation to the five members living in the Chapter House who have the best grades for the entire previous school year. In 1998, with the dissolution of the Kansas City Province 18 Foundation and the transfer of assets to the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation in Indianapolis, Delta Theta Chapter was credited with 22.5% of their net assets. The Endowment Fund asked that the net interest earned from this account be established as another Laybourn Award account and distributed to Chapter members with the highest yearly grades at the same time as the Endowment Fund Laybourn Awards. In 2004, the Endowment Fund raised over $24,000 from The L. Allyn Laybourn Memorial Fund Drive and increased the number and size of the Awards. A tie for grades is broken by the number of hours taken. For the 2005-2006 School Year, the Laybourn Award recipients are: Sean P. Cordes (Top Grades) 3504 W. 128th Street, Leawood, KS 66209

31 Hours

4.000

$2,000

Michael J. Rohr (First Runner-Up) 1513 Baltimore Place, Derby, KS 67037

30 Hours

4.000

$1,300

Jeffrey E. Elkins (Second Runner-Up) 13020 El Monte, Leawood, KS 66209

27 Hours

4.000

$1,000

Christopher A. Mick (Third Runner-Up) 874 S. 170th Avenue, Osborne, KS 67473

24 Hours

4.000

$ 700

Robert J. Domsch (Fourth Runner-Up) 7129 Noland Road, Shawnee, KS 66216

35 Hours+1CR

3.914

$ 400

In September of 2003, the National Board of Directors established National grade point minimums for initiation and officer elections, which caused the Endowment Fund to adjust the grade and officer scholarship awards. Therefore, any officer candidate who does not achieve at least a 2.500 GPA for the previous semester will not be eligible for any officer scholarship award and any member who does not achieve at least a 2.250 GPA for the previous semester will not be eligible for any other scholarship award (including grants-in-aid). Also, any member who makes below a 1.500 GPA will be ineligible to receive any scholarship award for that semester and the next semester. Also, the Endowment Fund, through annual contributions, awards The Matthew L. Bretz Most Improved Scholarship Awards, endowed by and named for Brother Matthew L. Bretz (DTh1986), to two members (or pledges who are subsequently initiated the next semester) living in the Chapter House whose grade point averages increase the most over the previous semester. They must have taken at least 12 hours (9 of which are graded) during both semesters and had not less than a 1.500 grade point average. The recipients of these Awards for Spring, 2006 are: Evan C. Coglizer 1.467 Grade Improvement from Fall 1.533 to Spring 3.000 14480 W. 187th Terrace, Olathe, KS 66062

$250

Eric C. Redhair 1.286 Grade Improvement from Fall 1.500 to Spring 2.786 4009 W. 138th Terrace, Leawood, KS 66224

$250

In addition, the Kansas State University Foundation awarded the following Scholarships and Awards, upon recommendation of the Board of Directors of the Endowment Fund. The Elmer D. McCollum Awards were endowed by and named for Brother Elmer D. McCollum (DTh1920), The Richard E. Fagerberg Worthy Marshal Award was endowed by and named for Brother Richard E. Fagerberg (DTh1963) and The Allan D. Holiday, Jr. Worthy Keeper of Exchequer Award was endowed by and named for Brother Allan D. Holiday, Jr. (DTh1977):

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The Elmer D. McCollum Alpha Tau Omega Worthy Master (Chapter President) Award Housebill for Chapter President for School Year Scott R. Keller 16108 W. 130th Terrace, Olathe, KS 66062

$3,610

The Richard E. Fagerberg Alpha Tau Omega Worthy Marshal (Chapter Vice-President) Award Scholarship for Chapter Vice-President

$500

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Jeffrey E. Elkins 13020 El Monte, Leawood, KS 66209 The Allan D. Holiday Alpha Tau Omega Worthy Keeper of Exchequer (Chapter Treasurer) Award Housebill for Chapter Treasurer for School Year Garrett B. Linville 13929 W. 73rd Street, Shawnee, KS 66216

$3,610

The Elmer D. McCollum Alpha Tau Omega Worthy Scribe (Chapter Secretary) Award Scholarship for Chapter Secretary Patrick T. Criss 13213 W. 129th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66213

$200

The Elmer D. McCollum Alpha Tau Omega Membership Education Chairman Award At least 80% of Pledge Class Initiated at the Beginning of the Next Semester Jeremy K. Will 9689 E. Highway K-4, Gypsum, KS 67448

$500

The Elmer D. McCollum Alpha Tau Omega Assistant Membership Recruitment Chairman Awards Kyle A. Potter 3904 Erin Circle, Manhattan, KS 66503

$100

Ryan M. Kuhn 3509 Stagecoach Circle, Manhattan, KS 66503

$100

Bradley R. Stein 11763 Garnett, Overland Park, KS 66210

$100

Michael J. Rohr 1513 Baltimore Place, Derby, KS 67037

$100

Tyler F. Newton 16760 Antioch, Stilwell, KS 66085

$100

The Elmer D. McCollum Alpha Tau Omega Best Room Scholarship Award- $100 each Sean P. Cordes and Scott A. Swain, and Garrett B. Linville and Drew M. Wagner (both rooms 4.000 GPAs) The Endowment Fund, through annual contributions, awards The Steven C. Johnson Worthy Chaplain (Chapter Chaplain) Award, endowed by and named for Brother Steven C. Johnson (DTh1972) in 2003. The Award, of up to $250 per semester to the elected Chaplain in good standing, is for excellence of service in office. The recipient was: James R. Fullagar 3219 Driftwood Drive, Manhattan, KS 66503

$250

The Endowment Fund also awarded, in an amount determined by the majority vote of a Joint Committee of the Presidents of the Chapter, Delta Theta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Building Corporation and the Endowment Fund, The Larry D. Marvel Memorial House Manager Awards, named for Brother Larry D. Marvel (DTh1985), who was killed in a parachuting accident in March of 1989. The Awards, of up to $1,000 per semester to the elected House Manager in good standing and of up to $250 per semester to the appointed Assistant House Manager, are for excellence of service in office. The recipient was: Brett M. Robben (House Manager) 304 E. 7th Street, Oakley, KS 67748

$1,000

Kellen E. Sherlock (Assistant House Manager) 1955 Rainbow Road, Washington, KS 66968

$250

Since 1999, the Endowment Fund has awarded The Henry F. Kupfer Kitchen Manager Award, named for Brother Henry F. Kupfer (DTh1938), of up to $600 per semester to the elected Kitchen Manager in good standing, in an amount determined by a unanimous vote of a Joint Committee of the Presidents (or designees) of Delta Theta of Alpha Tau Omega and the Endowment Fund, for excellence of service in office. The recipient was: Brady M. Lohrey 4960 Widmer, Shawnee, KS 66216

$600

The Endowment Fund also awarded The Gary R. Cottrell and Russell W. Taddiken Social Service Coordinator Award. This Award, endowed through a directed donation, was originated and named for Brothers Gregory A. Lloyd (DTh1990) and David M. Saunders (DTh1992), who were Social Service Coordinators during the terms when the Chapter received 1993 National Runner-Up for the National Community Awareness Award. In 1996, the Award's name was changed to those of the Social Service Coordinators during the terms when the Chapter received The 1995 National Community Awareness Award: Brothers Gary R. Cottrell (DTh1994) and Russell W. Taddiken (DTh1995). It is given semesterly in September and February to the Social Service Coordinator who leads the Chapter to

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achieving a successful social service program. The full amount of $200 is awarded to the Social Service Coordinator if the Chapter successfully completes at least 3,000 hours of social service projects during the preceding semester. $50 is awarded to the Social Service Coordinator and $150 to a not-for-profit charitable organization chosen by the Chapter if such goal is not achieved. During Spring Semester, the Chapter completed 5,833 hours of projects. The recipient was: Ryan M. Kuhn 3509 Stagecoach Circle, Manhattan, KS 66503

$200

Since 1994, the Endowment Fund, through a directed donation, has awarded The Ryan A. Newth Risk Management Officers/ Social Chairmen Awards. The Awards, named for Brother Ryan A. Newth (DTh1993), are given semesterly in September and February to the Risk Management Officers/Social Chairmen who lead the Chapter to achieving a successful and risk-free social program. The full amount of $500 is awarded to each of the two Risk Management Officers/Social Chairmen if the Chapter has no risk management violations or violations of the Kansas State University Joint Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Council Alcohol Policy or Alpha Tau Omega National Policies and Procedures during the preceding semester. There are substantial reductions for any minor violation and no awards for major violation. In 2003, the original Newth Social Chairman Award was expanded to include the Risk Management Officer/Assistant Social Chairman (who becomes the Social Chairman/Risk Management Officer the next semester) with a like amount, since the National Fraternity formally established the Risk Management Officer position as the sixth-ranking Chapter officer. The Awards were presented, for their efforts in achieving the goals and criteria as outlined above, to: Jonathan B. Biggs (Social Chairman/Risk Management Officer) 9214 Allman, Lenexa, KS 66219

$500

Michael J. Rohr (Risk Management Officer/Asst. Social Chairman) 1513 Baltimore Place, Derby, KS 67037

$500

As an outgrowth of the Chapter's achieving above a 3.000 GPA for the first time in the Spring Semester of 1998, the Endowment Fund, through a directed donation, created and awarded The Guy W. Gross Scholarship Chairman Award, named for Brother Guy W. Gross (DTh1995), who was Scholarship Chairman at that time. The Award is presented to the Scholarship Chairman only if the Chapter’s Grade Point Average is at least a 3.000 for that semester. As the Chapter's Grade Point Average was a 3.083, the Award was presented to: Matthew R. Porter 8614 Deer Run Street, Lenexa, KS 66220

$200

In 2000, the Chapter created and endowed with the Endowment Fund The Justin J. Nelson Communications Officer Award, named for Brother Justin J. Nelson (DTh1998). This Award recognizes the Communications Officer, who is responsible for all electronic and computer operations of the Chapter, including all Chapter computers, phone systems and other electronic media, is the Web Engineer of the Chapter and is responsible for the Chapter's Home Page. The Award was presented to: Eric T. Leftwich 8020 Park Street, Lenexa, KS 66215

$250

In addition, with the completion of the Dale L. Duncan Memorial Fund Drive, and with the concurrence, cooperation and participation of the Dale Duncan Family, the Endowment Fund established The Dale L. Duncan Memorial Philanthropy Chairman Award, which is named for Brother Dale L. Duncan (DTh1938) and was awarded for the first time to the 1999-2000 Philanthropy Chairman. The Philanthropy Chairman is responsible for the planning, organizing and execution of at least two major philanthropic events that benefit one or more not-for-profit organizations chosen by the Chapter during the academic year, in coordination with the Social Service Coordinator. Beginning with Fall, 2005, the Philanthropy Chairman will be elected in each semester, initially serving as Assistant Philanthropy Chairman for a semester and then Philanthropy Chairman for the next semester. The Spring Philanthropy Chairman had deficient grades, so the Award was not presented. Since 2002, the Endowment Fund has awarded The Jonathan S. Kurche Historian Award, named for Brother Jonathan S. Kurche (DTh1998), who served two one-year terms as Historian and was the 2002 National Thomas Arkle Clark recipient. During Brother Kurche’s service as Historian, the Chapter received two Alpha Tau Omega National Gold Awards. This Award is presented to the elected Chapter Historian (Worthy Keeper of Annals) in good standing living in the Chapter House who leads the Chapter to achieving a successful publications and public relations program during the year, if he meets the criteria. He must publish an edition of the Vintage in both Fall and Spring Semesters and an Alumni Directory annually. This year, the Historian published three Vintages and the Alumni Directory. Since the Chapter received The National Gold Award, the Kurche Award was doubled. The Award was presented to: Anthony L. Carter 6510 Snowshoe Trail, Colorado Springs, CO 80911

$500

Since 1995, the Endowment Fund has awarded The David L. Watson Education Award, named after Brother David L. (Dave) Watson (DTh1972). It is given in May by the Endowment Fund, as selected by a Joint Committee of the President of the Endowment Fund, a member of the Watson Family and the President of the Chapter, to the member(s) in good standing who is (are) enrolled in the Kansas State University College of Education who possess(es) exemplary attributes in scholarship, fellowship and character, if they meet the criteria, and is made jointly to member and Delta Theta of Alpha Tau Omega. The recipient must have attained at least a 2.500 minimum cumulative grade point average with at least 60 graded hours completed and no member is eligible to receive full award more than once. This year's award was presented to:

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Anthony L. Carter 6510 Snowshoe Trail, Colorado Springs, CO 80911

$250

In 2006, through the generosity of The Dikeman Family, the Endowment established The Dikeman Family Alumni Relations Officer Award, which was established and named for Brothers W. Cary Dikeman (DTh1973), D. Gene Dikeman II (DTh1974) and W. Scott Dikeman (DTh2004). The Award recognizes the elected Alumni Relations Officer living in the Chapter House who excels in the performance of his duties. The Alumni Relations Officer is a voting member of the Delta Theta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Alumni Association. The first recipient of this Award was: Nathan J. Schnefke 5345 Albervan Street, Shawnee, KS 66216

$200

In 2000, through the generosity of Bruce Wofford and Martha Freeman Wofford, the Endowment Fund established The Freeman Family Outstanding Major Officer Award, which was established and named for Brothers Christopher L. Freeman (DTh1994), Jonathan A. Freeman (DTh1995) and Michael T. Freeman (DTh1998). The Award recognizes the outstanding major officer of the Chapter living in the Chapter House who is not eligible to receive any other officer scholarships from the Endowment Fund. The list of those officers is submitted by the Endowment Fund to the voting members of the Executive Committee, who each have one vote. The recipient of this Award was: Peter E. Boos (Sergeant-at-Arms/BADD Duty Coordinator) 11007 W. 126th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66213

$100

In 2005, the Endowment Fund established The Richard R. Harrison Outstanding Out-of-House Member Award, which was named for Brother Richard R. (Bob) Harrison (DTh1999), 131st Chapter Vice-President. Each semester, the Award is given to the outstanding member living outside the Chapter House. The list of those out-of-house members eligible is submitted by the Endowment Fund to the voting members of the Executive Committee, who each have one vote. The recipient of this Award was: Matthew J. Duerfeldt 1428 Beechwood Circle, Manhattan, KS 66502

$100

Since 1973, the Delta Theta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Building Corporation has awarded The Summer House Manager Award. In 2004, the Endowment Fund, through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chapter and the Building Corporation, assumed the responsibility for awarding The Summer House Manager Award. The Award is presented to the Chapter member, chosen by the Chapter and recommended to the Building Corporation, who performs duties and responsibilities pertaining to the lawn care, mowing and maintenance and upkeep of the Chapter House during the summer months, if he meets the criteria. The recipient of this Award was: Brett M. Robben 304 E. 7th Street, Oakley, KS 67748

$1,000

The Endowment Fund also awarded William L. Muir LeaderShape Awards and Todd F. Lakin Alpha Tau Omega LeaderShape Awards to twelve members to attend either the annual LeaderShape Institute at the Allerton Conference Center outside Champaign, Illinois or the Chapter-Based LeaderShape in Indianapolis. The nationally-recognized LeaderShape Institute was created by the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in 1983. Since that time, it has become an independent corporation with 10 summer Institutes and campusbased and chapter-based sessions throughout the year. Since 1991, 128 Brothers have attended The LeaderShape Institute. The Alpha Tau Omega Foundation provided partial scholarships for the members, with the balance being donated by Brothers William L. Muir (DTh1967) and Todd F. Lakin (DTh1992). The amount of the scholarships are either $1,350 per person for LeaderShape or $700 per person for Chapter-Based LeaderShape*. The 12 recipients of these Awards for 2006 were: Matthew L. Amthor*, Peter E. Boos, Patrick T. Criss, Joshua D. Cromer, Robert J. Domsch*, James R. Fullagar*, Scott R. Keller*, Matthew J. Lindquist, Travis E. C. Brown*, Michael J. Rohr*, Scott A. Swain and Tyler C. Wisdom. The Endowment Fund also awarded Regional Leadership Conference Scholar Awards to help defray expenses to attend the Alpha Tau Omega Regional Leadership Conference. These Awards, totaling $882, were presented to the following 18 persons: Joshua T. Ault, Patrick T. Criss, Robert J. Domsch, Jeffrey E. Elkins, James R. Fullagar, Scott R. Keller, Brett D. Kirkpatrick, Bryan E. Klote, Eric T. Leftwich, Miles R. Lilja, Larry D. Long, Eric K. Montgomery, Michael J. Rohr, Drew M. Wagner and Tyler C. Wisdom, and Pledges Scott W. McDonald, Jorge C. Ochoa and Darren A. St. Thomas, who attended and participated in the one-day Alpha Tau Omega Regional Leadership Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 4, 2006, along with Delta Theta Board of Trustees Chairman and National Secretary William L. Muir. The Leadership Conference involved 23 chapters from ten states, National Officers, Boards of Trustees members and National Headquarters staff. The Endowment Fund recommends to the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation the awarding of The William Lloyd Muir II and John Thomas Muir Memorial Grants-in-Aid, named for Brothers William L. (Bill) Muir II (DTh1938) and John T. (Tom) Muir (DTh1938), to needy members each fall. The Endowment Fund transferred $92,265 of its assets in June of 1990 to the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation for this purpose. Since that time, that Alpha Tau Omega Foundation Account has grown, through investments and an additional contribution by the Muir Family of $67,039 in 1999, to over $190,000 in assets. Congratulations to all the scholarship award recipients from the Board of Directors of the Endowment Fund. William L. Muir, President Allan D. Holiday, Jr., Secretary

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Todd F. Lakin, Vice-President Michael E. Brown, Treasurer

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DIKEMAN FAMILY ENDOWS ALUMNI RELATIONS OFFICER'S SCHOLARSHIP Brothers W. Cary Dikeman (DTh1973), D. Gene Dikeman II (DTh1974) and W. Scott Dikeman (DTh2004) surprised the members of Delta Theta Chapter by creating The Dikeman Family Alumni Relations Officer Award at Chapter Meeting on July 14, 2001. Brother Cary Dikeman is a member of the Board of Directors of Delta Theta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Building Corporation and Brother Scott Dikeman is currently Chapter Vice-President. Endowment Fund President Bill Muir announced the creation of The Dikeman Family Alumni Relations Officer Award through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Endowment Fund and Brother Cary Dikeman, which provides for annual contributions by Brother Dikeman to the Endowment Fund. The Alumni Relations Officer Award will be given each semester to the elected Alumni Relations Officer in good standing, if he meets the criteria, in the amount of $200 per semester ($400 per year). With the creation of this Award, the Endowment Fund is responsible for scholarships, awards and grants to members and pledges of Delta Theta and students-at-large of Kansas State University in the amount of almost $100,000 annually through the Kansas State University Foundation, the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation and the Endowment Fund. Brother Cary Dikeman was presented with a plaque honoring him for his achievements and the creation of the Dikeman Family Alumni Relations Officer Award. The scholarship will be awarded by the Endowment Fund and will be awarded each semester, beginning with the first Award in September, 2006. The Chapter has amended their By-Laws to provide that an Alumni Relations Officer will be elected each semester, serve first as Assistant Alumni Relations Officer for that semester, and then succeed to the top spot on the first day of the following semester. The Alumni Relations Officer is a voting member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Delta Theta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Alumni Association, and is responsible for all alumni relations and events (including at least one major alumni event each semester). Our sincere thanks and eternal gratitude to Brother W. Cary Dikeman and the Dikeman Family for their generosity, continued service and love for the Brotherhood that is unending. Brother William L. Muir, President Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund

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It’s a pretty strange feeling for me to be sitting and writing a senior letter for The Vintage. It feels like only yesterday that I was moving all my junk from my car into a dirty, intimidating, unfamiliar house. At the time I had very little idea of what I was getting into and absolutely no idea what The Vintage even was. However, the transformation from ATO being a place to live to a home that I love and am devoted to has been one of no regret and is a reflection that I feel privileged to share with you. Walking into ATO for the first time, I was terrified. Everyone seemed so old and frightening at first that I wondered if I had made the right decision. However, it didn’t take long for me to grow comfortable thanks to the outgoingness of the upper classman in the house. I had worried that hazing would be an issue, but the treatment I received from the beginning quickly erased that thought from my mind. The upperclassmen made me feel at home from day one and for that, I am forever indebted. After realizing pledgeship wasn’t a thing to fear but rather a thing that should be revered, I was able to open up, create strong friendships, and begin to develop into the person I am today. Pledge semester was the ride of lifetime, but along with being a great time and an incredible brotherhood, it gave a structure to my life that I had never had before. It forced me to be responsible for school and the place I lived and allowed me to learn to budget my time. Were it not for this I wonderful experience, I would doubt I would have even made it through college. Although pledge semester, through my experience, is the one that people most often list as their favorite, the elated ride never ended for me. Whether it was hanging out on a deck, goofing of at lunch on Friday mornings, or goofing off in chapter (sorry Bill), I loved every minute. I cherished the opportunity to walk down the hall and talk to 20 guys who were great friends and its one I miss dearly. Those special three years living in house allowed me to learn to respect other people, showed me the value of a good friend, and taught me to be one as well. But for all these great traits I developed through living in Delta Theta, the thing that I will miss the most is the great friends. Whether speaking of the class of juniors when I was a freshman, or the freshman when I was a junior, or any other class for that matter, there has not been one brother that I didn’t feel the ability to sit down and talk with. Many of these friends will be people I stay in touch with all my life but whether that’s the case or not, I will always have great memories and a special bond with each of these men. The philanthropies, social services and other activities I have been involved with through ATO are too numerous to list, but each is a memory that I will have forever. Another thing that I will be thankful for from ATO is the meetings. Whether it was a pledge meeting, an all house, or a chapter, these meetings allowed me to learn, to think critically, and to speak proficiently while on my feet. Were it not for ATO, I would not have this ability today. But I especially like the meetings for the good times we had. We were serious, yet made time for jokes, and, in general, just enjoyed each others company. I will always miss those times. My memories of ATO are mine and many people get different things from their experience through ATO. Certain things I have mentioned may mean more to some than others but hopefully one of the preceding may have reminded you of a good time in your life. Also, I would be remiss if I failed to mention the accomplishments and awards of the chapter throughout my tenure, and they were many, but to me these are only the icing on the cake which we all know is not good by itself. The brotherhood is the basis on which we accomplish all these things, and I hope that it’s as strong in the future as it has been throughout my wonderful journey in ATO. I wish the best of luck to those leaving, those who are gone, and those who are still to come. Matt Duerfeldt

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After living at the Tau house through my senior year, I, like many other brothers, decided to move out of the fraternity house atop the hill, and into an approved annex house. Upon making this decision, one of my goals was to stay active within the chapter, as well as become more independent as I finish up my college career and prepare for life in the “real world”. I must say that living out of house has had its advantages when it comes to privacy and independence, yet it also lacks so much that is unique to living in an environment such as ATO. I like to think of myself as very well connected to the Delta Theta chapter, yet, I’ve experienced a very different life as an ATO living out of house. Those things a person takes for granted, such as living so close to all of your best friends, and the random conversations which take place in the computer room or chapter room while studying, or just wherever (the list goes on and on), all become more and more difficult. I’ve heard time and time again about how hard it is to stay close and connected to friends post college, and even while in college, I’ve experienced a bit of this living outside of that great residence at 1623 McCain Lane. I would recommend to any brother to live in the house at least through your junior year, and to make every moment count. I have no regrets finishing my college career outside of ATO, yet I know that I have missed out on a great time that others have enjoyed throughout the year. I also feel good about letting a younger guy take the place of me living at the Tau House. I still enjoy heading up to the house and hanging out on a Thursday night, or whenever, always knowing I’m welcome and always knowing I’m going to have a good time. I want to thank all the guys that have been able to come over to 1829 Anderson from time to time and hang out with Brett, Jonathan, Nathan and myself. In a way, this last year of college has seemed like living at a smaller fraternity house, living with other ATO’s as well as members of other fraternities at K-State. Its been fun and an experience I’ll never forget. As graduation approaches (a bit faster than I’m comfortable with), and seniors get ready to go separate ways, while underclassmen prepare for a break and then more school, I challenge everyone to stay close to good friends, and always take the time to make a phone call, or take that weekend trip together, what ever it takes to preserve the great bond which Alpha Tau Omega has allowed us to form. Scott Dikeman

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If you have anything alumni-related items you’d like to send to The Vintage for publication, feel free to E-Mail Historian Drew Wagner at: dwagner2@ksu.edu

If you know anyone who is interested in in being recruited by Alpha Tau Omega at Kansas State, E-Mail our Recruitment Chairman, Scott Swain, at: sswain@ksu.edu

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